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Exchange Rate Chaos: 25 Years of Finance and Consumer Democracy

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The Bretton Woods system ensured a quarter of a century of relative stability on the world's financial markets. The quarter of a century which has followed has brought financial chaos and excessive financial volatility. Exchange Rate Chaos: 25 Years of Financial and Consumer Democracy describes and compares US and British financial history during this period.

It highlights:

• similarites in financial developments between the two countries

• consumer democracy: Have the wishes of...

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Overview

The Bretton Woods system ensured a quarter of a century of relative stability on the world's financial markets. The quarter of a century which has followed has brought financial chaos and excessive financial volatility. Exchange Rate Chaos: 25 Years of Financial and Consumer Democracy describes and compares US and British financial history during this period.

It highlights:

• similarites in financial developments between the two countries

• consumer democracy: Have the wishes of consumers dominated exchange rate policy?

• The decline of the small investor and the hegemony of financial institutions

• How the floating exchange rates are manipulated to government advantage

One of the few financial histories to deal with the postwar period, this book shows how financial developments have shaped contemporary society and politics.

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Provides a financial history of the US and the UK in the post-war period, comparing developments in the financial markets and institutions of the two countries since the collapse of the Bretton Woods system in 1971, and putting financial developments into their political and social contexts. Issues in common between the countries include the decline of the small investor and the supremacy of financial institutions; government manipulation of floating exchange rates; and the rise of the consumer democracy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415109819
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Lists of figures and tables
Introduction 1
1 The System Dissolves 17
2 Emerging Crises 39
3 Responding to Inflation 59
4 Rising Institutionalism 82
5 Banking Reforms on Both Sides 102
6 Big Bang and Beyond 127
7 Banking Reform Again 147
Conclusion 162
Chronology 167
Notes 170
Bibliography 176
Index 178
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